Celebration of the arts

Montoursville students and faculty proud to display work at second annual art show

Proud to showcase her art at the second annual district-wide Celebration of the Arts held at the Montoursville Area High School recently is Arabella Lucas, 9, daughter of Kevin and Brittany Lucas.

The third grader explained the rainbow fish in her artwork is sleeping in the seaweed and art class is her favorite.

“I love drawing and I want to be an art student in college and make stained glass,” she gushed as music from the McCall Middle School jazz band danced in the air.

The festival is a way of showcasing the arts and allowing the community to view and celebrate the student’s and their work, Venessa Mauro, high school art teacher said.

The exhibition featured work from students kindergarten to 12th grade and displays from wood shop, metal shop, Family Consumer Science and the agriculture class.

Montoursville Area High School seniors Victoria Kleese, daughter of Jason and Lisa Kleese, and Morgan Snyder, daughter of Chuck and Nicole Snyder, are members of Future Farmer’s of America and agricultural science students.

On display students had bird feeders and rabbit cages they built and grew plants with teacher Ben Hepburn.

Agriculture class is open to all students. Last year, in addition to rabbits, the students raised a lamb and ducks.

Aspiring artists also were at the art show. Senior Braden Cott, son of Jason and Dawn Cott, has taken ceramics since freshman year and hopes to continue art as an elective next year at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York.

There also were musical excerpts from the McCall Middle School, high school jazz bands and the cast from McCall Middle School’s production of “The Lion King” opening night and closing night included and an instrument petting zoo, 3-D printer and battle bots demonstration, Lights Up! Scripts Down! improv troupe and “Footloose” excerpts and Only Boys Aloud choral performance on stage.